The Annual International Paper Modelers Conventions
In 1997, Myles Mandell decided that the card modeling hobby needed
a convention, and organized what he called, a little grandly at
first, The First Annual International Paper Modelers Convention.
This event has been repeated annually and it has grown into the title.
As it turns out it is not the only such gathering, nor is it the oldest,
and it's probably not the most international. However, those of us who
participated in the first event didn't know of any others, and the
name has stuck. It is the only such convention in North America and has
drawn participants from much of the continent, as well as some
from other countries.
6th Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
Paper Modelers Convention
will be held over the weekend of 25-27 October at the Dulles
Days Hotel and Convention Center (rooms are only $59.00 for single or double
on Friday and Saturday nights) in Herndon, VA (near Washington, DC and a
free shuttle ride from Dulles International Airport). There is a
registration fee of $10.00 and a 6 foot table costs $25.00.
We will start with an ice breaker ($10.00 for sandwiches with
a cash bar -- $15.00 for sandwiches w/o reservation) while we
set up the tables of displays. The Convention will be
open to the general public (free admission) on Saturday (approximately
10 am until 5pm) and Sunday (approximately 10 am until 3pm) --
we will also sponsor a "make and take" on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday we will have a buffet ($25.00 with reservation and $30.00
at the door - cash bar) starting at 6pm and this will be followed by
an auction of donated models to help fund next year's convention
(so if you can't attend please send your donations and
reservations to Peter Ansoff, 6353 8th Circle, Alexandria, VA 22312-1903 or
send donations to H&B Precision Card Models, P.O. Box 8786, Reston, VA
20195). Sunday between 9 and 10 am we will have our annual business meeting
to discuss the site of next year's convention and how to improve on this
year's convention. BTW if you make your reservations and send payment
before 1 September there is a 10 percent discount.
So, for more details visit our
set up by Ed Schulman.
5th Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
The 2001 International Paper Modelers Convention will held over the
weekend of 26-28 October in Herndon, VA, just to the west of Washington, DC.
It will be held in the Dulles Days Hotel and Convention Center, 2200
Centerville Road, Herndon. The room rate is $84.00 per night for Friday and
Saturday nights (ask for the Paper Model Convention rate). Reservations can
be made by calling (703) 741-6700 or faxing (703) 742-8965. The hotel has a
free shuttle from Dulles airport. If you fly into Baltimore or National,
then you can take a commercial shuttle to Dulles and call from there for a
4th Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
The 4th Annual International Paper Modelers Convention was held
in Miamisburg, Ohio, USA, at the
Mall Holiday Inn on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2000.
3rd Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
The 3rd Annual International Paper Modelers
Convention was held on October 2nd and 3rd, 1999, in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Many people took pictures:
from Robert Tauxe <Tauxerob@aol.com>:
It was a grand convention - an absolutely unique experience to be in
the company of so many enthusiasts for the paper modeling sport.
For a solitary hobby, it has attracted some enormously sociable people.
Meeting people was what this was really about for me. Myles Mandell and
his wife , daughter and mother made us feel that getting off the elevator
on the second floor was like stepping into their home. The displays of
old, new and coming-to-a-dealer-near-you-soon models were wonderful, and
the opportunity to see, discuss, and even (shudder) buy some of the real
hard to find out of print bits was priceless.
Those who weren't there missed a great scene at the auction. Kell
Black is too modest to mention it, but he has a natural borne talent for
it. He kept the patter going and the models moving in a marvelously
entertaining way - some of us missed the desert course out of sheer
enthrallment. Cheers also to an unsung heroine - Kaye Meldrum donated
the Spooner's Moving Animal Book to the auction (which sparked a fierce
bidding war that I am happy to say I won) and then also she donated two
other models - a huge paper clock and a Sagrada Familia Gaudi cathedral
(That is Mahatma Gaudi - right?). Kaye, I nominate you for the "can't
do enough of a good thing award" - your presence, taste in models, and
incredible generosity was palpable.
On Sunday AM, Joe Bloom, Peter Visser, N Tauxe, Kell Black and
myself wandered over to the US Air Force Museum, which has an enormous
collection of hundreds and hundreds of planes from Curtis and Wright to
the SR 71 Blackbird. This is great stuff for those who are into airplanes
either as artifacts or simply as large technosculpture. If it flew for
the military, they probably have one. As just a taste - parked outside
was a wierd trimotor that I have never seen before, a C-125, that looks
like it would make a better model than a real plane. (Here is a
to a photo.) Dayton has other attractions as well, including Orville
Wright's mansion (model that, anyone?), an historic area in Centerville
that was built 1800-1840, the Wright's cycle shop, and more.
There were lots of stimulating ideas at the convention. I clearly
have a lot to learn in the mast and aerial department - the crisp and
detailed rigging that the larger ships sported was a sight to behold.
William Eville's motorized DC3 (and also a Constellation, I believe),
and two little Fiddlers Green Gee Bees twirling around a racing pylon
suggests a world of possible moving parts could be devised - and would
there be a reason to try remote controlling any of them? I got some
great ideas for how to pack up models for shipping from William Eville
and Lou Dausse - and I would urge the convention next year to have a
special display just for packing materials (had to spend a half hour
gluing bits back together when I got home with my models). Bob Freidus
collections of 19C family magazines and their models helps us appreciate
the high tide of model making that swept over Europe then - sort of the
equivalent of the Gameboy of the time, I suppose. Peter Visser
capturing the significant Dutch architects of today in a series of
charming modern architectural models; shows a building doesn't have to
be old or historical to model it - just beautiful. All to be continued,
better than ever, in the next millenium. Thanks to Myles and all for
making it happen!
2nd Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
The 2nd Annual International Paper Modelers Convention was held on
October 3rd and 4th, 1998, in Miamisburg, Ohio, USA.
You can see
and descriptions of some of the models exhibited
also took some pictures.
1st Annual International Paper Modelers Convention
The 1st Annual International Paper Modelers Convention was held in
1997 at Myles Mandell's home in Centerville, OH, USA. It was a
modest gathering, and not really
international. In fact, we were lucky to have interstate participation.
But Myles is a man of vision, and he had plans to make it bigger.
| Steve Brown